On public hospitals in Chile and in Cuba

Some commentary on the state of hospitals in two very different Latin American countries:

Helen Cordery is a young blogger from New Zealand living in Santiago’s Recoleta neighbourhood, and her accounts of everyday life in the Chilean capital make excellent reading. Her most recent piece is a frightening account of rushing her 18-month old son to a local hospital when he stopped breathing, and the hellish week she and her husband spent at his bedside. While there was real kindness on the part of some hospital staff, Cordery and her husband Luis were told by a hospital nutritionist (!) that their son “should be drinking fruit juices instead of water, and that every meal needed to have a sweet treat afterwards.”

https://queridarecoleta.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/a-week-of-hell-a-public-hospital-story/

Over at the Blog de Medicina Cubana, there is an opinion piece in English on the neglected state of Cuba’s medical facilities.  It is a somewhat awkward Microsoft translation from the original Spanish, but worth a look:

http://medicinacubana.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/abandonment-and-neglect-in-health.html

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